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Special Deals + Social Media = Profit?
From ACM TechNews

Special Deals + Social Media = Profit?

Offering special deals on social media networks is not always a win-win situation for consumers and business owners, according to researchers.

Research Aims for Bitcoin Science to Catch Up With Growth in Usage
From ACM TechNews

Research Aims for Bitcoin Science to Catch Up With Growth in Usage

Bitcoin was quickly adopted by people before any serious analysis of the technology was done,  says University of Maryland, College Park professor Jonathan Katz...

Pursuing Electronics That Bend, Pentagon Advances Partnership With Tech Firms
From ACM TechNews

Pursuing Electronics That Bend, Pentagon Advances Partnership With Tech Firms

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced a Pentagon project to develop flexible electronic devices with Silicon Valley companies and scientists.

Pluto Snow Forecast Poses Atmospheric Conundrum
From ACM News

Pluto Snow Forecast Poses Atmospheric Conundrum

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft solved many mysteries about Pluto when it flew past the dwarf planet in July. But as mission controllers prepare to steer the probe...

U.S. Developing Sanctions Against China Over Cyberthefts
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U.S. Developing Sanctions Against China Over Cyberthefts

The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government's...

Visualizing the Complex, Invisible Web of Wireless Signals that Surround Us
From ACM News

Visualizing the Complex, Invisible Web of Wireless Signals that Surround Us

As we wander through buildings and streets, restaurants and universities, countless signals are buzzing around our heads, so silent and invisible we forget they...

Who Drew This? A Computer… or Van Gogh?
From ACM News

Who Drew This? A Computer… or Van Gogh?

German researchers have created a machine-learning algorithm that can take a photograph and make it look like a drawing by Vincent van Gogh or Pablo Picasso.

European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google
From ACM News

European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google

In private sessions this summer, giant publishers and media companies from Germany, France and elsewhere have met with European officials about proposals to regulate...

Why the World's Top Computing Experts are Worrying About Your Data
From ACM TechNews

Why the World's Top Computing Experts are Worrying About Your Data

Many of the world's top computer science experts met last week to determine how the widespread collection of data about consumers can be prevented from causing...

Uber Project May Improve Autonomous Cars' Vision
From ACM TechNews

Uber Project May Improve Autonomous Cars' Vision

Uber is collaborating with the University of Arizona on a mapping and safety project for self-driving cars.

Our Number's Up: Machines Will Do Maths We'll Never Understand
From ACM TechNews

Our Number's Up: Machines Will Do Maths We'll Never Understand

Some mathematicians think the field of mathematics is approaching a limit that cannot yield further breakthroughs without computerized assistance. 

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks
From ACM TechNews

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new algorithmic analysis technique can identify the disjointed patterns of speech considered a hallmark of schizophrenia.

Estimate: Human Brain 30 Times Faster than Best Supercomputers
From ACM TechNews

Estimate: Human Brain 30 Times Faster than Best Supercomputers

Two Ph.D. students are seeking to determine how soon artificial intelligence might exceed the capabilities of the human brain.  

Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies
From ACM Careers

Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies

Wearing a green Dartmouth College jersey, the newest player on the school's football team readies for action during a preseason practice.

NASA's New Horizons Team Selects Potential Kuiper Belt Flyby Target
From ACM News

NASA's New Horizons Team Selects Potential Kuiper Belt Flyby Target

This remote KBO was one of two identified as potential destinations and the one recommended to NASA by the New Horizons team. Although NASA has selected 2014 MU69...

Tech Nightmares That Keep Turing Award Winners Up at Night
From ACM TechNews

Tech Nightmares That Keep Turing Award Winners Up at Night

Three ACM A.M. Turing Award winning-scientists discuss technology trends they find very troubling.

Quantum 'Spookiness' Passes Toughest Test Yet
From ACM News

Quantum 'Spookiness' Passes Toughest Test Yet

It's a bad day both for Albert Einstein and for hackers.

STEM Fields Dominate Ranking of College Majors
From ACM TechNews

STEM Fields Dominate Ranking of College Majors

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degree holders were among the top earners in a new ranking of bachelor-level majors by PayScale. 

Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors
From ACM TechNews

Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors

A new tool could offer a way around censorship technologies enabled by repressive governments.

Super-Intelligent Machines Spawned by AI? Execs Aren't Worried
From ACM TechNews

Super-Intelligent Machines Spawned by AI? Execs Aren't Worried

Technology experts at an artificial intelligence-themed event were dismissive of scenarios in which super-intelligent machines eventually surpass human intelligence...
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